Saturday, April 28, 2018

Nemaha County on Billion Graves

Have you ever gone to a cemetery to decorate a loved one's grave and forgotten exactly where it is? Have you ever wondered who was buried near your ancestor?

Many genealogists rely on Find a Grave to help them with their cemetery research. Not only can Find a Grave help figure out what cemetery a relative was buried in, it often contains pictures of tombstones. Some online memorials include the obituary and/or links to other family members. Currently, most Find a Grave memorials will not help one find that family stone on decoration day.

Billion Graves is similar to Find a Grave. The major difference between the two sites is that Billion Graves entries begin with a picture of the tombstone. By starting with the picture, Billion Graves is able to capture the GPS location of the tombstone. Once pictures are uploaded to the site, volunteers transcribe the information on the stone.

Only a few Nemaha County cemeteries have been photographed. Below is part of the map for Dennis Cemetery.

Seventy-five tombstones have been photographed in Dennis Cemetery. Sixty-four of them have been transcribed. The green map markers on the above map indicate the location of the stones that have not been transcribed. Below is the picture of the J S Dennis tombstone and the transcribed information from the stone.

Michael Philbrick is the primary contributor of the Nemaha County photos to Billion Graves. Besides the Dennis Cemetery, he has photographed most of the Seneca City Cemetery and the Baileyville Cemetery.

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